Smartphones with the Best Displays in 2020


When manufacturers release flagship smartphones, we are eager to know about their components, including the display. It is an essential part of smartphones, which allows users to directly interact with the internal hardware and software. Today, display technology isn’t only about pixel density and screen size. 

Oppo Find X2 Pro and OnePlus 8 Pro

Both smartphone models use the same 6.7-inch LTP HDR display with 120Hz refresh rate at 1440p resolution. This display offers high average brightness, wide gamut coberage and colours with near-perfect accuracy. With 120Hz refresh rate at 1440p resolution, these smartphones guarantee fluid navigation and gameplay. The Ultra Vision Engine ensures compatibility between the frame rate of content and the display’s refresh rate. System navigation, browsers, social media and other apps with more static interface could immediately support 120Hz refresh rate. However, not all video content and games support 120Hz refresh rate. It is quite likely that the display will drop to 60Hz refresh rate.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Samsung’s current flagship model has 6.9-inch panel with maximum 1440p resolution and HDR10 certification. It could reach 120Hz dynamic refresh rate at FullHD (1080p) resolution. The Galaxy S20 Ultra could switch between 120Hz and 60Hz refresh rate, depending on the apps and content used. When displaying static webpages and images, the display can go as low as 10Hz refresh rate to save battery life. Samsung uses the HOP (Hybrid Oxide and Polycrystalline silicon) technology for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, which will also be available for the iPhone 13. Compared to the LTPO panels, this technology ensures 20 percent lower power consumption. Unfortunately, unlike the Oppo’s and OnePlus’s flagships, the Note 20 Ultra can’t operate at 120Hz with full 1440p resolution.

iPhone 12 Pro Max

The most capable variant of iPhone 12 has 6.7-inch LTPS display with Ceramic Shield protection and excellent peak brightness. However, it is only capable of operating at 60Hz refresh rate. Although the A14 Bionic chipset is one of the most powerful in the mobile industry today, there’s always a 60fps cap for all games in iPhone 12. Even so, the iPhone 12 Pro Max offers a very tough display that can soothe your disappointment regarding the mediocre refresh rate. The Ceramic Shield or the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus could withstand more drops. The display also offers impressive colour calibration. At top brightness level, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is fully usable for outdoors situation.

Google Pixel 5

As the developer of Android operating system, Google naturally wants a piece of market share. Former engineers of HTC helped Google to release the first Pixel smartphone. The newest model in the series, the Pixel 5 offers a well-balanced display with good colour credibility. With the decent 90Hz refresh rate and sufficient brightness level, the Pixel 5 has an acceptable display in the current market. Reliable stock Android operating system, great camera, 5G data connectivity and compact design make the Pixel 5 a quite interesting proposition in the market.